Guest lecturers

Prof. Dr. Masatoshi Sasaki, Hokkaido University, Japan

Since 2007 Prof. Dr. Masatoshi Sasaki works as a professor of Law at the Graduate School of Law of the Hokkaido University in Sapporo, which is among the top 5 law faculties in Japan. His previous academic position (1991-2007) was at the Osaka City University (Associate Professor and Professor of Law). He is specialized in the field of comparative constitutionalism.

During his stay as a guest professor at our Faculty from 5-9 December 2016, he gave i.a. a faculty lecture on Constitutional Principles and Human Rights. Topics of the different lectures which he presented for our master and exchange students included: Constitution of Japan; Judicial Review in Japan; Equality Rights; Freedom of Expression.


Dr. Stephan Hinghofer-Szalkay, University of Graz, Austria

Stephan G. Hinghofer-Szalkay is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Legal Developments and Austrian Legal History at the University of Graz Faculty of Law. A graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna’s 45. Diplomlehrgang, he previously served as Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Public Law.  His current research focuses on European legal developments and governance, Austrian and comparative constitutional law as well as legal theory.

During his stays at the University of Antwerp in April and May 2016, he served as guest lecturer for an “Introduction to Islamic Law”.  The course aims at analyzing the foundations and key concepts of Shari’a, placing them in European legal theory and legal traditions, and highlighting potential conflicts with Western perceptions of law.

Prof. Kathleen Gutman, USA

Prof.  Gutman is an American-trained lawyer and scholar specializing in European Union (EU), International and Comparative law.
She holds a Ph.D. in Law, with a focus on EU law, and a M.A. in European Studies from the KU Leuven and a J.D./LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the Duke University School of Law. She previously worked as a litigation associate at the New York office of Jones Day.
Her main publications focus on the area of EU constitutional and institutional law and the comparative study of EU-US law. Her recent book The Constitutional Foundations of European Contract Law: A Comparative Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2014) provides a detailed assessment of the EU’s competence in contract law and an extensive comparative analysis of the American contract law framework. She is also co-author, with Koen Lenaerts and Ignace Maselis, of EU Procedural Law (Oxford University Press, 2015), a leading book on the EU system of judicial protection and procedure before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Kathleen Gutmann  gave a guest lecture in the Course “Comparative and European Law of Civil Procedure” (Europees en Vergelijkend Gerechtelijk Recht) on 23 February 2016. The topic of the lecture was “Introduction to the US court system and comparisons with the EU”.

Prof. Wendy J. Gordon, Boston University, USA

Wendy J. Gordon teaches at Boston University, where she is one of a handful of scholars holding the University’s top academic position, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship. She is also a Professor of Law, and an advisor to the Law School’s noted Concentration in Intellectual Property. Substantively she focuses on Copyright and other forms of Intellectual Property, and on common-law patterns in Torts and Unjust Enrichment.  Methodologically, she draws on law & economics, literature, and ethics.  

A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of various awards, including a Lon L. Fuller Prize in Jurisprudence, a Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Fordham, and a NJ Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities, she has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford, and has twice served as Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property for the Association of American Law Schools.  Her more than three dozen articles include “Fair Use as Market Failure” (Columbia Law Review), “On Owning Information: Intellectual Property and the Restitutionary Impulse” (Virginia Law Review), “Of Harms and Benefits: Torts, Restitution and Intellectual Property” (J. Legal Studies), “Render Copyright Unto Caesar” (University of Chicago Law Review),   “A Property Right in Self-Expression” (Yale Law Journal), “An Inquiry into the Merits of Copyright” (Stanford Law Review),”  and the chapter "Intellectual Property Law" in the Oxford Handbook on Legal Studies.  

In December 2015, over the four days of talks she delivered at U Antwerp, and through many meetings with PhD students, Professor Gordon focused on a wide range of Copyright, trademark, and related matters, including an institutional perspective on copyright reform in the US; an economic analysis of copyright ‘exhaustion’; and exploration of how economics and fairness concerns unite in some IP doctrines but diverge in others.

Dr. Julia Wojnowska-Radzinska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Julia Wojnowska-Radzinska is assistant professor at the Chair of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration and former expert for legislation in the in Bureau of Research of the Chancellery of the Polish Sejm in Warsaw. Her research focuses on constitutional rights and freedoms, European constitutionalism, protection of fundamental rights of EU citizens and third country nationals in the area of freedom, security, due process of law and justice – asylum and migration, and antidiscrimination law.

Mrs. Wojnowska-Radzinska is also a researcher of the Centre for Migration Studies (CeBaM) at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and a member of the research programme “MIGRA – TEAM” within the framework of the Rule of Law Institute in Lublin (Poland).

During her visit (1-3 Dec 2015) to our faculty, she gave several guest lectures in the International and European Legal Studies Programme dedicated to Constitutionalism in a European and International Perspective and Non-Refoulement and the Current European Migration Crisis.

Prof. Dimitri Dimoulis, Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (FGV), São Paulo, Brazil

Dimitri Dimoulis obtained his Bachelor of Laws at the National University of Athens, his Master of Public Law at the Sorbonne, Université Paris I in Paris and received his PhD from the University of Saarland (Germany). He is currently full professor of constitutional law and jurisprudence at the Law Faculty of FGV in Brazil.

His publications are in the fields of legal theory, fundamental rights, judicial review and constitutional theory (CV and publications in: ).

During his stay at our faculty from May 18 -22, 2015, Prof. Dimoulis gave a faculty lecture on “Transformative constitutionalism” and also lectures to master and international students on “Models of Constitution, Constitutionalism and Social Transformation”.

Kushtrim Istrefi, PhD cand. University of Graz and Visiting Researcher at the European Court of Human Rights

Kushtrim Istrefi  was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Graduate Institute in Geneva and Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg. Kushtrim has published and presented in the fields of judicial and treaty interpretation techniques, jurisdiction, smar t sanctions and human rights, secession and application of international law by hybrid and domestic courts. He also litigates cases with an international law element.

Previously he lectured Public International Law, European Union Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Pristina and worked as a Legal Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and USAID rule of law programme.

During his stay from May 5 – 7, 2015 at the University of Antwerp, he gave a faculty lecture on Missing Remedies for Missing Persons in Kosovo and a lecture to undergraduate and master students on Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights in a course taught by Professor Wouter Vandenhole.

Prof. Stefano Giubboni, University of Perugia, Italy

Prof. Stefano Giubboni was a guest lecturer at our faculty from December 15 until December 19, 2014 at the invitation of the research group Social Competition and Law. He gave a faculty lecture on “Market freedoms and fundamental social rights: latest evolutions in European social law” and gave two guest lectures.

Professor Stefano Giubboni obtained his Master of Laws in Perugia in 1991. He then specialized in labour law and social security law in Macerata and Bristol and received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2002. He is currently associate professor of labour law at the University of Perugia. His research focuses on labor and social security law at national, European and comparative level.

Prof. Giubboni has held visiting professorships at Columbia Law School, the University of Milan and the University of Urbino. He is also a barrister in lower and higher courts in Perugia, Florence and Rome. Furthermore, he is part of the URGE network at Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin) and the Observatory on Fundamental Rights at Fondazione Basso (Rome). His main publications include: Social Rights and Market Freedom in the European Constitution, Cambridge, 2006; Il diritto della sicurezza sociale in transformazione,  Turin, 2005; Diritti e solidarietà in Europa, Bologna, 2012;  Lavoro,  cittadinanza, diritti sociali,  Turin, 2014.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kresal, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

November 19, 2014  – February 19, 2015

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kresal is a professor of Labour Law and Social Security Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She teaches courses on Labour Law, Social Security of the Family and Anti-Discrimination Law. Her research focuses on fundamental social rights, the concept of decent work, discrimination in employment, flexible and precarious forms of employment, the reconciliation of professional and family responsibilities, the European and international labour law. She is a co-editor-in-chief of the Slovenian Journal of Labour Law and Social Security »Employees&Employers« and a member of the executive board of the Slovenian Association of Labour Law and Social Security.

During her research stay at the University of Antwerp, she cooperated with the Research Group Social Competition and Law and prof. Marc Rigaux. She conducted the research work on the issues of posting of workers, social dumping and fundamental social rights. She also gave guest lectures on social dumping in the EU, on the role of collective agreements in promoting gender equality and on gender discrimination in the EU in the classes of prof. Rigaux (Labour law, Advanced course on collective labour law) and of prof. Cuypers (European and comparative discrimination law) for the law students of the University of Antwerp.


Professor Engela C. Schlemmer, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

November 24 – December 24, 2014

Professor Engela C. Schlemmer is visting the Faculty as the holder of the TPR-Chair South Africa (Journal for Private Law).

She obtained her law degree in Law at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), followed by a master degree at the same university. After obtaining a second master at the University of Münster, Germany, she completed her PhD in 1995 at the Rand Afrikaans University.

For the past ten years she has been teaching classes on international economic law, international monetary law and international law on foreign investment.

Her research focuses on the influence that the private law doctrine has on international law and in particular its application in cases where commercial transactions contain a sovereign element.

Prof. Geraint Howells, Manchester University, United Kingdom

May 3 - 8, 2014                                                                     

Prof. Geraint Howells is a professor in Commercial Law at Manchester University, where he currently also fulfills the position of head of the Law School. 
He is the general editor of the European Business Law Library and a founding member and chairman (2009-2011) of the International Association for Consumer Law and a member of the European Consumer Law Group.                                                                          
Previously he was a lecturer in Law at various universities (e.g. the universities of Hull, Sheffield, Liverpool, Lancaster & Keele). A part from visiting our faculty, he was also a guest professor at the universities of Paris XI, Münster & Fribourg (a.o).

During his stay at the University of Antwerp, he gave a faculty lecture on Consumer Law and different lectures about Consumer Protection and Product Liabiliy within the framework of the courses on Commercial Law and Unfair Commercial Practices Law.

Prof. Daniel Monk, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

March 24 – April 24, 2014

Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law and his research focuses on a variety of child and family law issues (children’s rights, education, inheritance and gender and sexuality) and draws on a range of socio-legal perspectives.

In addition to teaching students on the Comparative and International Family Law course, he has given two faculty lectures: ‘Changing Faces of Homophobia’, examining the limits of equality rights claims, and ‘E.M. Forster, Heritage & Inheritance’, using the will of one writer to examine the relationship between law and literature and the fate of inheritance tropes. Hosted by Professor Swennen from the Personal Rights & Property Rights research group, the lectures were joint events developing interdisciplinary conversations with dr. Mariano Croce, from the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, and drs. Filip De Ceuster, from The Institute for the Study of Literature in the Low Countries, respectively.

Dr. Gábor Szabo, Faculty of Law, University of Pécs, Hungary

November 18 - December 14, 2013

Gábor Szabó joined the Law and Development Research Group as a visiting researcher, and also got an insight into the profile of the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values. He gave a faculty lecture on "The Human Rights Based Development. Subsistence and Security."

Dr. Szabó obtained a Law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Pécs, where he currently has a permanent appointment as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Theory. He holds a PhD in Political Theory and also finished an MA program in Philosophy. Previously he worked as a researcher in Denmark and in the Netherlands, and also had practical experiences as an assistant in the European Parliament. His research interests are globalization and human rights, the theoretical foundations and perspectives of the human right to development, ethical issues of globalization, global justice.

Prof. Dr. Wenge Zeng, Law School of Chongqing University, China

29 October - 29 November, 2013

Prof. Dr. Wenge Zeng, vice dean of the Law School of Chongqing University, was invited to the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law to teach several guest lectures and to participate in scientific research. Professor Zeng gave a detailed presentation on China’s food safety regulatory system at a conference on the impact of safety standards on regulatory reform and trade prospects of the People’s Republic of China. He also delivered a lecture to our faculty members on China’s renminbi exchange rate liberalization and a lecture to our master’s and foreign students focusing on energy regulation in China and Chinese perspectives on climate change regulation.

To promote research collaboration between Chongqing University Law School and the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law, Professor Zeng participated in an information exchange session with our staff members. He outlined the different research interests of colleagues at Chongqing University Law School as well as funding opportunities for incoming and outgoing research mobility in China.

Dr. Waheeda Amien, University of Cape Town, South Africa

October 28 - 31, 2013

During her visit at the law faculty, Dr. Waheeda Amien gave a faculty seminar on "Legal pluralism: legal engagements with religious and customary personal laws. South Africa as an example". This is the first faculty lecture that was co-hosted by the law faculty (research group Personal Rights and Property Rights) and the Centrum Pieter Gillis. Dr. Amien also gave a guest lecture on Muslim Personal Law and legal pluralism to the master students in the course Private International Law (taught by Thalia Kruger).

Dr. Amien's research focuses on Muslim law and human rights. In her PhD she investigated these matters in South Africa, Canada and India. She is currently extending her research to other countries including the United Kingdom and Belgium. She used her stay in Belgium to talk to lawyers working in the field of private international law and migration law and to meet with a women's organisation working with muslim women.

The research group Personal Rights and Property Rights is exploring further avenues for collaboration with Dr. Amien.

Dr. Marek Frystak, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

October 29 - 31, 2013

Dr. Marek Fryšták is a visiting professor from Brno, who was welcomed by Prof. Joachim Meese. Dr. Fryšták is an associate professor specialized in criminal proceedings and in particular on evidence in preliminary proceedings. He came to Antwerp via the Erasmus teaching mobility programme and lectured on "Criminal proceedings in the Czech Republic".

Dr. Tomazs Widlak, University of Gdánsk, Poland

May 12 - 18, 2013

Dr. Thomazs Widlak is an assistant professor at the Department of Theory and Philosophy of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Univerity of Gdansk, Poland. During his visit to our faculty, he gave several guest lectures in the International and European Legal Studies Programme, and participated in the expert meetings of the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values.

Thomasz also took part in the study trip to The Hague with international students, a repeat of his visit to The Hague in 2005, when he himself was an Erasmus student at our faculty.

Dr. Gonçalo Matias, Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Lisbon, Portugal

November 25 - 29, 2012

The faculty has a longstanding relationship with the Catholic University of Lisbon through the Academia Network. There has been active student exchange in the past and we were ready for a staff exchange exeprience.

Gonçalo Matías gave two courses, on  'Transnational Citizenship' and on 'European Citizenship' in the International and European Legal Studies programme. He gave the lecture 'Constitutional implications of the financial crisis in Europe' to the Faculty members. 

Dr. Matías obtained a Law degree and a Master of Laws from the School of Law of the Catholic University of Lisbon, where he now lectures courses in the area of Public Law and where he is the Associate Dean for International Affairs. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Centre. He is an invited professor at the Washington University in St. Louis Law School and he is a legal advisor to the President of the Portuguese Republic.